Ronnie McFall stepped down from his managerial position at Portadown of Ireland’s first division after falling out in the quarterfinal of the Irish Cup.
While McFall’s resignation wouldn’t mean much to anyone outside of Northern Ireland, it officially makes Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger the longest serving manager in all of European football.
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McFall took charge at Portadown in 1986, finally leaving his post after 29 years in charge. When Sir Alex Ferguson retired at Manchester United in 2013, McFall became the longest-tenured boss in Europe.
However, that title now goes to Arsene Wenger, who has been leading the line at Arsenal for 19 seasons. During his time with the Gunners, Wenger has won three Premier League titles and six FA Cups. He has been named Premier League Manager of the Season three times, although the last season he won the award was in 2004.
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While Wenger is now the old man of Europe, some believe this may be his last season at Arsenal should the Gunners fail to win the Premier League title. With nine matches to play, Arsenal sit eight points off the leaders Leicester City.